A LAW firm with offices in Truro and St Austell has been listed as part of a prestigious guide.

Two Partners at employee-owned law firm, Stephens Scown LLP, have received the highest ranking and national recognition in the latest edition of Chambers and Partners’ guide to Private Wealth Law, which has just been published.

Private Client Partners Phil Reed and Graham Murdoch retained their Band 1 status as notable practitioners in the 2022 Guide, both renowned for their high level of technical expertise and thorough approach to supporting their clients.

The only Band 1 ranked law firm for Private Wealth Law in Cornwall and one of only two Band 2 ranked firms in Private Wealth Law for Exeter and surrounds, the guide reports: "Stephens Scown provides a broad private wealth law practice with a strong private client and inheritance and trust disputes team.

"They are engaged in complex high-value estate planning and administration as well as trust planning. They work with High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs} and for rural and other landed estates."


Phil Reed, head of the Private Client team in Cornwall, is noted for his expertise acting on wills, inheritance tax planning, and administration of estates and trusts.

Meanwhile, Graham Murdoch, also a Partner in Stephens Scown’s Private Client team in Cornwall, is experienced in wills, inheritance tax planning, estate administration and trust administration. He also deals with the Court of Protection and elderly client matters.

Stephens Scown’s managing partner Richard Baker commented: "Our Inheritance and Trust Disputes and Private Client specialists work in very complex areas of law.

"Their legal expertise is matched by their efforts to support clients during incredibly stressful and emotional situations.

"The recognition by Chambers and Partners is particularly rewarding because it is based on feedback from clients."

The Firm’s growing Family Law team, which is divided into two specialist areas of Family Finance and Family Children law, also supports a growing number of HNWI clients.

It also ranked for seven consecutive years as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For (formerly Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies To Work For List) in the UK.